However the world feels about Quentin Tarantino participating in an anti-police brutality protest in New York City this weekend, the director who dismisses black critics and proudly uses the N-word in his scripts has at least one major ally in Carl Dix.
Dix, who helmed Saturday’s #RiseUpOctober protest during which Tarantino marched and spoke alongside Dix’s co-lead Cornel West, appeared on Fox News yesterday to defend Tarantino’s participation. He was on a panel with the channel’s Megyn Kelly and ex-LAPD detective Mark Fuhrman (famous for his role in the O.J. Simpson murder trial, which ended with him being convicted of perjury after lying about having said the N-word). Dix asserted his solidarity with Tarantino, saying, "I am glad Quentin Tarantino came to [the protest]."
When Kelly asked about a possible hipocrisy in Tarantino’s remarks when his own films feature tremendous violence, Dix countered, saying that his movies are only movies and that the protest was focused on real life issues.
The panel’s most-chaotic moment came when Fuhrman attacked Dix’s portrayal of police officers, exclaiming that "black people kill black people, black people kill black people!" Dix responded by saying, "We can’t talk together, and I don’t want to sing with you, so shut up and listen to me!"
Tarantino, for his part, is now being targeted for boycott by the NYPD. Patrick Lynch, the president of the union representing NYPD officers, took issue with Tarantino calling some officers "murderers" during his speech, asserting that "the police officers that Quentin Tarantino calls ‘murderers’ aren’t living in one of his depraved big screen fantasies—they’re risking and sometimes sacrificing their lives to protect communities from real crime and mayhem."
Check out a video of the panel below.
(H/t Associated Press, Huffington Post, The Wrap, The Guardian)